Design Review: eBusiness from Elegant Themes

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eBusiness is the latest theme release from Elegant Themes. We’re going to take a look at it, what it’s done well and what not so well, and what we can learn from it.

eBusiness comes in 3 color schemes and features quite a lot of JavaScript usage. Fire up the demo in a new tab as we look at the theme in more detail.

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Even Links Can Look Good

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chain-links Image by elroySF

Changing the style of your links is probably the easiest change you can make in your design.

If you aren’t sure how to do it, there is a good explanation at Echo Echo. It will show you how.

It takes only seconds to try out a new look for your links. With that in mind, here are some of the best ways to style your links, to both look good and be usable at the same time.

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New Window for a New Link?

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Freedom
Freedom Tunnel by Pro-Zak.
When we link out to another site, it can be hard not to consider the readers you may have just sent away. In an attempt to lessen the likelihood of losing the reader, many people force links to open in a new window, but is this really the best solution?

The Reasons For

  • Your page stays open. This is undoubtedly the main reason for it. The link is loaded in a new window. When the user has finished with it, and closes the window, they’ll find your page still sitting there.
  • Some links are intended to be used as references. For instance, if I were writing an article about nuclear power, I might reference my source like this: nuclear energy is a heavily debated topic (Eco Warrior)… The link will open in a new window/tab, allowing the user to check my reference, and then continue reading the article.

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